How Do Data Centers Secure My Data?

14th January, 2019 by

Every website on the internet is stored on a server, a specialized computer build for data storage and delivery. The majority of servers are stored in data centers, large warehouses dedicated to providing optimal storage conditions for servers. When partnering with a web host for storing your website data, you upload your information to a server within a data center.

Each data center is equipped to keep data as stable and secure as possible. These efforts include heating and cooling for continuous airflow, power backups, and extended security measures to keep intruders from accessing your data.

When you sign a contract with a web host like WestHost, there is an expectation that they will prevent data theft and avoid catastrophe. The best web hosts have infrastructure that protects data around the clock, but how is this accomplished? See below for detailed information about how WestHost keeps your website data secure from both man-made and natural mishaps.

Physical Security

Data centers must be kept secure from outside intrusion. WestHost accomplishes this feat with multi-level biometric security, round-the-clock surveillance, on-location guards, and ingenious entry points called mantraps. Mantraps require a multi-factor security verification prior to entering the data center floor. For example, a name badge is used to enter the man trap, and facial recognition is required to exit the mantrap. If an individual doesn’t match the facial recognition scan, the authorities are automatically called and the perpetrator is left in the trap until released by security.

Redundancy Measures

WestHost data centers are fully redundant. This means that in the event that power should lapse, a generator automatically picks up without service disruption. Our top-of-the-line heating and cooling help hardware last longer, avoiding unnecessary downtime. The WestHost infrastructure and network were built for speed and reliability. 

Secure Location

Each of our data center locations is chosen based on the occurrence of natural disasters and the availability of high powered networks in close proximity. Locations are typically close to major metropolises, yet set away from the city. Inside each data center, servers are locked in individual racks, and then locked again within their individual row. Double security measures make it next to impossible to access the data stored in each server.  

Digital Security

Digital security is largely left up to each WestHost client. However, we do offer tools and services to make data security easier. For example, each WestHost client has access to two-factor authentication, as well as the use of SiteLock security services. SiteLock is a trusted malware detector service that regularly scans your website. Each scan searches out nasty code that could create vulnerabilities in your data. Visit WestHost.com for more information about SiteLock.

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